Sacyr Somague have awarded Blackbourne the £9 million Mechanical and Electrical contract for the new University of Ulster, Belfast, Block BD.

The new 7 storey building totalling almost 12,000 sq metres of mixed workshop and teaching space is part of the overall University of Ulster redevelopment contract and will be connected to blocks BC and BB via link corridors.

The purpose of the development is to provide a better balance of space and high-quality learning and teaching environment, while accommodating research activity and administrative functions, creating a 21st century university environment.

When completed the new Belfast campus will have in the region of 10,500 students and accommodate 2,500 staff.

Speaking about the award, Blackbourne Pre-Construction Director, Mark Murphy said:

“We’re thrilled to be appointed for this phase. The new University will create a quality educational facility that provides global excellence in learning and research and Blackbourne are proud to be given the opportunity to be involved. The scheme is an exciting addition to our portfolio of other prestigious projects within Belfast and our team are looking forward to getting on site to deliver the works.”

Sacyr’s Operations Director for the UK and Ireland, Julio Garcia Soriano, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Blackbourne on board to deliver the mechanical and electrical services for Block BD.  They have a strong track record of completing large scale projects such as this, and we are looking forward to developing the relationship and hopefully creating future opportunities for us to work together.”